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    What a pity she didnt pop her head over and asked if you needed a coffee or a hand...... I did that to my neighbour when they first moved in and I could hear her out back with screaming kids. Many wines later I have a great and supportive friend!

    Probably goes against the grain of how you feel - but how about asking her for a coffee and just letting her know you are trying - you might be surprised.

    Good luck.

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    By the sounds of it the OP has done everything she can to help the situation. My hat goes off to you! If they are getting irritated i can only imagine how hard it must be for you to deal with it as well. At the end of the day you can only do what you can. You cant duck tape their mouths! You have stated your kids sleep really well all night long and (also three hours during the day of peace) - so if your kids aren't keeping them up at night i don't understand what the big problem is. Yes its a little annoying but turn your TV up or turn the radio on so you don't have to hear it if it effects you so much. At the end of the day kids wont be kids forever so it will be phase that passes until then a little compassion wouldn't go astray!

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    Oh, how dare you have kids being kids beefie. Dont you know in my day children should be seen not heard.

    Its typical of that generation. Nothing better to do. Lol.

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    Yeah I just stayed with my grandma for a bit and as lovely as my grandma is I know she thought I should have punished Katelyn for having tantrums. Or that it's always because of a lack of sleep - solution being to put her in a cot and shut the door. I know my grandma was just trying to be helpful to me, and maybe your neighbour was too, but it just made me feel self conscious and judged.

    I'd maybe try to just tell myself that the neighbour was trying to offer her support in the only way she knows how.

    And if it happens again pop some ear plugs in an envelope in her letter box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil miss View Post
    If it were me, I'd tell her to mind her own business. You shouldn't have to give up spending time in your own yard. Kids make noise- whether they are happy or sad- and I bet any money if they were happily playing and being kids she would still complain about them making noise.


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    I agree. One of our neighbours threatened to call protective services on us because of how much our boys squeal. She is unable to tell the difference between kids being kids, and kids in danger. It can be a little uncomfortable, but try not to let it change how your children play. They have every right to be in their backyard as anyone else.

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    My neighbors children scream & cry almost all day, there is absolutely no peace when they are home.

    The mum is constantly yelling at them as well, in summer this can start as early as 6am. Our houses are at least 10 meters apart, but I can still hear them. It is absolutely infuriating, I have said nothing to them, it's been 4yrs and if anything they are getting worse.

    We are considering selling our house because of it. We live in a nice area & love our house, but it drives me crazy.

    Sorry, absolutely no use to you op, but there is always another side & you may be surprised to find out how much your neighbor can hear.

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    I haven't read all posts but I'd ignore the neighbor and carry on as normal. Lord knows what our neighbors think!

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    Whilst she may have gone about it the wrong way it must be awful for her but maybe she just got to the point where she has had enough, try and put yourself in her shoes and imagine if you had no kids and were trying to enjoy your retirement but had to listen to crying kids constantly everyday. My neighbor has a 6 year old who has a few friends from the next street over constantly and they don't just play they scream and yell and squeal the whole time, my weekends are ruined with my family and school holidays are a nightmare. If your kids are constantly crying then i agree with some of the pp maybe it would be worth seeing someone who specialises in behavioral issues to give you some ways to help deal with it cause whilst it must be tough for you to deal with it would be even worse for someone who has no attachment to your kids. I would definately also go and talk with her to see how much she is having to listen to.


 

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